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Pettis House

This site is part of the Black Springs tour, a partnership with Our Story, Inc. Visit the Tours page for the tour introduction and complete list of sites.

Ruffen and Gertha Lee Pettis bought a parcel of land in Black Springs, now known as 280 Medgar Avenue, from J.E. Sweatt in December of 1956. The couple had been living in Loyalton, California where their daughter, Bobbie Jean, went to high school. Their house is believed to have been moved here from another location.

In 1959, Bobbie Jean married Airman First Class William A. Stanley, who was stationed at Stead Air Force Base. As some of the earliest residents of the community, Ruffen and Gertha Lee Pettis were deeply involved in neighborhood activities. Ruffen was known by everyone as "Deacon Pettis," and was a founding member of the First Baptist Church of Black Springs. He also served as a trustee for the Black Springs General Improvement District. He died in 1994.


The Pettis House
The Pettis House The Pettis House at 280 Medgar Avenue. Creator: Helen Townsell-Parker
The Pettis family
The Pettis family Gertha Lee Pettis, Bobbie Jean Pettis-Stanley, and Ruffen Pettis Source: Our Story, Inc.
Deacon Pettis after the church fire, 1971
Deacon Pettis after the church fire, 1971 Deacon Ruffen Pettis examines the damage to a tapestry after a fire at Mt. Hope Baptist Church in March of 1971. Source: Reno Evening Gazette Date: March 9, 1971


280 Medgar Avenue, Reno, NV


Alicia Barber, “Pettis House,” Reno Historical, accessed July 19, 2024,